Jon Mikl Thor
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|Jon Mikl Thor|
Thor backstage at Kings in Raleigh, North Carolina, 2002
|Born||1953 (age 62–63)
|Occupation||Bodybuilder, actor, musician|
Jon Mikl Thor (born 1955), better known as Thor, is a bodybuilding champion, actor, songwriter, screenwriter, historian, vocalist and musician.
As a bodybuilder, he was the first Canadian to win both the Mr. Canada and Mr. USA titles. During his bodybuilding career, he has achieved over 40 titles around the world. As a musician, he is the front man for the heavy metal band Thor, billing himself as "The Legendary Rock Warrior". He has also has had career in acting appearing in such films as Recruits (1986), Zombie Nightmare (1987), Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987) and FUBAR (2002).
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Jon Mikl Thor started the concept Thor in 1973. He combined strength feats, props, costumes and showmanship with music: his feats included bending solid steel bars in his teeth and having solid concrete blocks smashed off his chest with a sledgehammer. Jon Mikl Thor created the "THOR T in Shield Logo" in 1973 which would become the copyright and trademark for the band. Thor toured Canada and the US throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In 1976, Thor performed on American national television with his appearance on The Merv Griffin Show.
Shortly after, Jon recorded the album Keep the Dogs Away in 1976–77 through his own company God Of Thunder Productions. The album was licensed to RCA and released in early 1978. Jon appeared on the cover artwork as "Thor The Rock Warrior", holding back four dobermans. In February 1984 Thor performed at the Marquee in London, England, to great reaction from the audience which included Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. The review in Kerrang magazine proclaimed "He Came, He Thor, He Conquered". The reception of that show launched Thor's career to a new level. He then licensed recordings to Albion Records. Albion released songs such as "Thunder On the Tundra" and "Let the Blood Run Red" which went to #1 on the UK Rock Charts. Thor toured throughout the UK performing at such concerts as the Great Yarmouth Festival and released albums such as Only the Strong (1986) and Recruits - Wild in the Streets (1986).
In 1987, Jon Mikl Thor retired from live performances and started to write and produce films as well as forming his own record label. By 1997 he had returned to the recording studio and started to make live appearances with the release of Ride of the Chariots. More albums followed from 1998 to 2009. In 2004 Jon Mikl Thor was voted one of the top 100 greatest frontmen of all time in Classic Rock Magazine by an international panel of journalists as. In 2005 Thor signed with Smog Veil Records and released Thor Against the World followed by Devastation of Musculation in 2006.
In 2009, Thor signed on to the label Vulcan Sky Records, and released the albums Steam Clock (2009) and Sign of the V and re-released the 1983 EP Unchained. The same year he played with his bandmates Steve Price, Mike Favata, and Ben Perman at the Sweden Rock Festival and Muskelrock Festival in Sweden and the Sauna Open Air Metal Festival in Tampere, Finland.
In 2011, Thor embarked on a tour of Scandinavia from May 31 to June 7, with Frank Soda on guitar, Savage Watts on drums and Killer Kilby on bass. He played at DOM in Helsinki, Finland on June 1, performing his live rock opera and showcasing his latest film Thor - The Rock Opera; then, he revisited the Muskelrock Festival in Alvesta, Sweden from June 2 to June 4.
After months in the studio recording the 2012 album Thunderstryke for Rock Saviour Records in Germany, Thor returned to live performing by headlining the Armstrong Metal Fest 2012 at Hassen Arena. Thunderstryke (2012) and Thunderstryke II (2013) were released to rave reviews and commercial success worldwide.
In 2013, Thor signed with Cleopatra Records in Los Angeles, California and released a CD/DVD deluxe edition of his fifth album, Only the Strong (1985), in May 2014. This package includes additional unreleased bonus tracks and lost live footage.
In 2014 Cleopatra Records re-released the 1983 EP Unchained which included the version of the 1982 EP Lightning Strikes Again.
In 2015 Thor released what many critics are calling his greatest album of all time titled Metal Avenger through Cleopatra Records.
Thor toured major cities during November 2015 in United States to promote album Metal Avenger and the documentary film I Am Thor. A short North American tour followed in March, 2016 along with the Canadian release on Raven Banner.
The official reissue of Thor's 1977 Keep the Dogs Away album will be released May 13, 2016 as a Super Deluxe 2 CD + DVD set by Deadline Records. This will coincide with a vinyl and digital launch of the recording.
A huge epic show billed as 'Thor - a Rock Odyssey' is to be Thor's greatest live event of all time. It is set to take place May 14, 2016 in New York City at the Highline Ballroom. The spectacle, produced by Fabio Productions, will be presented much like a Broadway show featuring three parts. 'Thor- a Rock Odyssey' will feature Jon Mikl Thor performing his 1977 Keep the Dogs Away album live and in its entirety, followed by a 'Battle for New York' where Thor battles superhuman strongman 'Titano - The 8th Wonder of The World'. In Part three, dubbed the 'Power Set', Thor belts out his greatest hits along with some newly penned tunes written especially for this show.
A native of Vancouver, Jon Mikl Thor, an avid historian and sports enthusiast, resurrected the Vancouver Millionaires hockey team, Vancouver's only Stanley Cup champions who won the cup in 1915. He actively pursued a retail and internet merchandising program incorporating his trademarks of the Vancouver Millionaires name and 'V' logo which he owned since 1977. He created a marketing concept using concerts, music and sporting events which made the Vancouver Millionaires synonymous with his Thor image. After years of historical study and promotion, Thor turned ownership of the Vancouver Millionaires, their website and the 'Victory V' logo over to the Vancouver Canucks and the NHL.
He is also the founder of VM Sports, a line of authentic Vancouver Millionaires apparel such as reproductions of the team's jerseys. Thor's Millionaires memorabilia commemorates the city's historic 1915 Stanley Cup-winning team.
Thor's music career coincided with his film career. In 2002, he wrote the title song for the movie FUBAR titled "FUBAR Is a Super Rocker". In 2005, he wrote "Glimmer" for the American made-for-TV murder mystery film Murder at the Presidio and appeared in it. In 2007, he starred in the Lifetime network TV film A Family Lost.
In 2011, Thor starred in the film Thor – The Rock Opera, which he co-produced with writer and director John Cody Fasano. The film premiered May 30, 2011, at the Shock Stock Film Festival in London, Ontario. Vulcan Sky Releasing released it on DVD on June 15, 2011.
Thor is featured in the documentary film titled I Am Thor. Directed by Ryan Wise, produced by Ryan Wise and Al Higbee, I Am Thor premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2015 in Park City, Utah, where it received positive reviews. It went on the 2015 international festival circuit and won awards such as the Best Documentary Award at the Fantasia International Film Festival 2015 in Montreal. MPI/Dark Sky Films acquired worldwide distribution rights to I Am Thor and screened in select theaters and VOD in November 2015. To coincide with this release, Thor went on a US tour of major cities, screening the new film followed by a live concert.
Thor and the Imps
- Muscle Rock (1976)
- Thor-Body Rock (1973)
- Keep the Dogs Away (1977, 30th anniversary re-release 2009)
- Gladiator (1979)
- Striking Viking (1980)
- Unchained (1983, EP, re-released in 2009 & 2014)
- Only the Strong (1985, re-released as Deluxe CD/DVD Edition in 2015)
- Live in Detroit (1985, re-release 2009)
- Recruits - Wild in the Streets (1986)
- The Edge of Hell (1986) (credited as Tritonz)
- Ride of the Chariots (1997)
- Thunderstruck: Tales from the Equinox (1998)
- Dogz II (2000)
- Triumphant (2002)
- Mutant (2003)
- Beastwomen from the Center of the Earth (2004)
- Thor Against the World (2005)
- Devastation of Musculation (2006)
- Into the Noise (2008)
- Steam Clock (2009)
- Sign of the V (2009)
- The Guardian (2010)
- Thor – The Rock Opera Soundtrack (2011)
- Thor – Thunderstryke (2012)
- Thor – Thunderstryke II (2013)
- Aristocrat of Victory (2013)
- Only The Strong reissue (2014)
- Unchained reissue (2015)
- Metal Avenger (2015)
- The Edge of Hell (1987)
- Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (2006)
Thor & the Ass Boys
- Odin Speaks (2001)
- Recruits (1986, as Thunderhead)
- Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (1987, as John Triton)
- Zombie Nightmare (1987, as Tony Washington)
- Graveyard (2003, short film, as Ray)
- Murder at the Presidio (2005, as Thor)
- Intercessor: Another Rock 'n' Roll Nightmare (2005, as The Intercessor)
- A Family Lost (2007, as Gary)
- Thor – The Rock Opera (2011)
- I Am Thor (2015, as himself)
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- Vancouver's new millionaires Bob Mackin, 24 Hours: Vancouver 1 May 2008
- "KTVU.com talks to 'Rock Warrior' Thor about new documentary". KTVU. June 10, 2015. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
- Moore, Debi (August 5, 2015). "Fantasia 2015: Award Winners and 2016 Dates Announced". Dread Central. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
- Gingold, Michael (November 19, 2015). "NY/Philly! See "ROCK 'N' ROLL NIGHTMARE's" Jon Mikl Thor perform live with his new doc "I AM THOR" this weekend!". Fangoria. Retrieved November 29, 2015.